Farmington man charged with stealing battery cables
Michael Thanghe admitted to police he shouldn't have been driving when he was pulled over March 28. But that might be the least of his problems.
Thanghe, 33, of Faribault, has been charged with possession of theft tools and receiving stolen property after he was found with battery cables believed to have been stolen from Marschall Lines bus company in Farmington.
A Farmington police officer stopped Thanghe around 9:15 p.m. after becoming suspicious of a car driving through the Farmington Industrial Park. There had been previous reports of thefts of battery and copper wire from the bus company, which is located in the industrial park.
According to a complaint filed last week in the Dakota County Attorney's office, Thanghe was sweating and had a "large amount" of black dirt on his face. The officer noticed a bag of tools on the seat and a backpack with several copper wires sticking out of it.
According to the complaint, Thanghe told police he had been working on a car and had left Faribault after a fight with his girlfriend.
Police found a bus in the area with its hood propped open. There were two large batteries in front of the bus and it appeared the cables had recently been cut. The bus company confirmed that the cable found in Thanghe's car had come from one of its buses.
If convicted on a felony charge of possessing burglary tools Thanghe could face up to three years in jail and fines of up to $5,000. A misdemeanor charge of receiving stolen property has a maximum sentence of 90 days and a maximum fine of $1,000.